Since 1990, thousands have gathered in Mount Airy each September for Mayberry Days. Mayberry Days occurs during the last full weekend in September and is a celebration of the anniversary date of The Andy Griffith Show. Actors from the show, including Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou), Doug Dillard, Maggie Peterson-Mancuso, and others make regular appearances at the festival. Lynn decided after several visits that she belonged in Mount Airy on a permanent basis and moved to Mount Airy on January 17, 2007.
Mayberry Days allows fans of The Andy Griffith Show to enjoy a glimpse of life in Mount Airy, America’s Hometown. Fans enjoy tracing the footsteps of Mount Airy’s most famous son, Andy Griffith. Events include a barbecue cook-off, checkers tournament, pie-eating contest, parade, golf tournament, entertainment, talent competition, autograph signings, and more. We continue to be grateful to Andy Griffith for incorporating Mount Airy’s traditional bluegrass and gospel music on The Andy Griffith Show which has aired continuously since October 4, 1960! This music is celebrated during the annual Mayberry Days festival. Events are ongoing during the festival at the Earle Theatre, the Andy Griffith Playhouse, the Andy Griffith Museum, and the Blackmon Amphitheatre.
For more information on the Mayberry Days Festival, visit www.mayberrydays.org.